Eight religious leaders delivered their gatherings together for eight periods in one area. It was a hazardous move
In a small building in the foreboding darknes of Jerusalems Mount Zion, Rabba Tamar Elad-Abblebaum examined upon a mob sitting attentively before her. We have had a long way to go to prepare for this evening, she said with a soft smile. Today we all do something very brave.
Certainly this gathering was unlike any she, the leader of an Orthodox Jewish community in Jerusalem, was used to addressing. As well as the usual meagre dress and kippah tattered in her synagogue, there were some intersects worn around cervixes. Others sat in the conventional black robe of the Copts, another in the Muslim hijab and various nuns in their attires gathered together at the back of the room. Numerous were wearing no religious garb at all. But they were all there to pray.
Last week, and for precisely eight epoches, a music academy in the lowest valley of Jerusalem was transformed into a communal house of prayer, identified Amen, bringing together Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious leaders and their parishes to worship together in one room. It was a sight rarely seen in this segregated city.
The project, part of the Jerusalem season of culture, was launched by Elad-Abblebaum and the Muslim Sufi Sheikh Ihab Balah almost a year ago. They reached out to six other religion fleshes two rabbis, a Franciscan monk, a Catholic priest, a Coptic deaconess and a female Muslim community leader who were very traditional in their beliefs and rehearses, but also open to discussions with other faiths.
Elad-Abblebaum said: I never felt something like this would be possible in my lifetime. Jews who live in the territories publicly praying together with Palestinians, this is a big jeopardy and a huge step. But this is not a political campaign; we wanted people are derived from the right and from the left and to show that faith is beyond dogma. Here, we are reshaping actuality and we are doing it through prayer.
She emphasised how Amen is not merely brought closer Israels discordant beliefs, but too men and women, which is almost unheard of in such inter-religious gatherings.
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